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Donnie Brasco


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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Writers: Joseph D. Pistone, Paul Attanasio, Richard Woodley
  • Producers: Alan Greenspan, Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux, Louis DiGiaimo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Vid
  • VHS Release Date: March 28 2000
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800187873
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,966 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on June 23 2004
Format: DVD
Donnie Brasco is based on a true story but it is still gripping. Donnie Brasco is the alias of Joe Pistone, an undercover agent. He joins the mob as a help of Lefty played by Al Pacino. Pacino again plays a great mobster. This time as just a spoke, and sometimes not very smart.
But DB gets so involved that he does not know on which side he is, that is what loyalty does to him. Even his marriage is almost falling apart.
Depp and Pacino are of course brilliant as ever and this is another great maffia movie like Goodfellas are the Godfather.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Saffady on May 29 2004
Format: DVD
How many actors say their prayers for a role like this? DONNIE BRASCO is Johnny Depp's bright light moment...when you upstage Pacino, in yet another of his own moments of greatness, you tend to wonder what's next. This is where Depp shed his "youth star" label and became an actor. The real crime here is that Depp and Pacino were hijacked at Oscar time (the film was released early in 1997). Mike Newell's direction again makes the point that Eurpoean's have a fresh view of American film and it's most stalwart genres. DONNIE BRASCO could serve as an FBI training film and why protocol should dictate that married men are forbidden to undertake deep cover assignments. The only flaw I caught was the reference to John Wayne's death: The Duke died June, 1979 and the film shows 6 inches of snow in New Jersey. Fatal, forget-about-it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Annessa on May 11 2004
Format: DVD
A good actor is one who we forget is on the screen seeing the character rather than the performer. Johnny Depp seems to achieve this often in his career and once again we are treated to an outstanding performance in Donnie Brasco. Depp plays FBI Agent Joe Pistone who goes undercover to infiltrate a New York Mafia family. Hollywood has been there done that with this subject matter many times over but this film has a feel that is different than most of those over the top productions. Joe Pistone becomes his alter ego Donnie Brasco, blurring the line between his job and reality.
This is an intricate character study, not a film full of flying bullets and cheesy bravado. Depp and Al Pacino both give Oscar worthy efforts as you see the fondness develop between their characters over the course of the story making the inevitable ending that much tougher for Pistone to deal with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Davis on April 7 2004
Format: DVD
Absoluetly worth seeing and owning. Depp and Pacino are fantastic in this true story of Joseph D. Pistone, special agent for the FBI.
It is a chilling and moving performance. Children should not see this movie. The language and violance reflect the true lives of the NY mob.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tad on March 25 2004
Format: DVD
Donnie Brasco is a modern classic. The script is realistic, the direction is focused and the sets are atmospheric. Is Donnie Brasco a good movie, Fuhget about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on Feb. 10 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a Johnny Depp movie that people don't really think of when they say "he's my favorite actor!", but this is the kind of movie that should make people say that. It's real like Goodfellas, but has that Godfather charm to it, and keeps you on edge even though you know there's only one way for it to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Oct. 14 2007
Format: DVD
now this,is a good movie.It is based on the Book co written by Joseph.D
Pistone and Richard Woodley,chronicling undercover FBI agent Pistone
and his life as "Donnie Brasco".Brasco/Pistone infiltrates the New York
mafia,and befriends "Lefty Ruggiero",(Al Pacino)becoming close to him
in time.Donnie collects information for the FBI,and over time his mob
persona begins to assert itself.as a result,his family life falls apart
and Donnie faces a moral dilemma,which i won't go into here.Johhny Depp plays
Brasco/Pistone and delivers a very compelling performance.Pacino plays
"Lefty" and is equally believable.this is the 2nd gangster movie i have
seen,(Casino being the first,and lesser of the 2)and i must say,i am
impressed.Anne Heche plays Maggie Pistone and does very well as the
wife who sees her husband less often than the mobsters.her role is not
that large,but is important to the movie.others in the film include
James woods, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, and the great(but very
underrated) actress Gretchen Mol has a small role. all deliver
excellent performances.but it is Depp's performance as Brasco that
anchors this movie.his performance is what sells the story. "Donnie
Brasco" gets a strong 4.5/5
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By Stéphane on July 13 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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